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Rhinos chief executive hails Sinfield as 'inspirational leader'

Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington has paid tribute to departing skipper Kevin Sinfield and described him as an "inspirational leader".

Kevin Sinfield has agreed an 18-month contract with Yorkshire Carnegie Credit: Press Association

Sinfield has confirmed he that he leaving the Rhinos to join sister club Yorkshire Carnegie at the end of the season. It also means a shift from Rugby League to Rugby Union.

Hetherington says that he respects Sinfield's wishes to move and has revealed that the club has been planning for life without their influential skipper.

If any player in the history of our club deserves the right to choose when he moves on to the next stage of his career it is Kevin Sinfield. Kevin notified me of his decision six weeks ago and I alerted the new management of Yorkshire Carnegie of his availability and desire to play Rugby Union.

He has been an inspirational leader on and off the field for Leeds Rhinos over the last decade and I think there can be little argument that the success we have enjoyed would not have been possible without him.

– Gary Hetherington, Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive


Sinfield: Leaving Rhinos 'one of the toughest decisions of my career'

Kevin Sinfield says leaving Leeds Rhinos is 'one of the toughest decisions' of his career.

Credit: Press Association

The Rhinos skipper will leave the club at the end of the 2015 season to finish his career playing Rugby Union with sister club Yorkshire Carnegie.

The 34-year-old is on the brink of becoming only the fourth player in Leeds’ history to play 500 games for the club and is the all time leading goal and points scorer in the club’s history.

This was one of the toughest decisions of my career but I know the time is right for me to finish my time in Rugby League and embark on a new challenge with Yorkshire Carnegie. I never wanted to play against the Rhinos and throughout my career I have always had an admiration for Rugby Union and wanted to challenge myself in that code.

– Kevin Sinfield
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Amir Khan promises to end Kell Brook career one day

Amir Khan has promised to end British boxer Kell Brook's career, but warned his rivals he will have to wait.

Khan wants a showdown with Mayweather or Pacquiao. Credit: PA

Khan, who has fought just twice in the last two years, is set to name his next opponent in the coming days but says he would love a clash with Brook at some stage.

However, the Bolton man is in no hurry to face his compatriot, with both boxers still holding out hope of taking on either Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, who meet each other on May 2.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Khan said:

I'd love to go in the ring and fight Kell Brook because it could be his last fight against me, because the thing is I would give him so much of a beating that it could end up being his last fight.

And maybe that's why he wants it, because he knows that one fight against me will financially secure him for the rest of his life.

But it's all about timing. If I've got a different route and I want to face the likes of the Mayweathers or Pacquiaos out there, then Kell Brook will have to wait.

– Amir Khan speaking to Sky Sports


Rovers prop banned for derby clash

Hull KR prop James Green will miss the derby with Hull FC on Thursday after being banned for a shoulder charge.

Hull KR prop James Green will miss the derby with Hull FC on Thursday after being banned for a shoulder charge. Credit: Press Association

Green was charged by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel with the grade B offence on his former team-mate Travis Burns, the St Helens stand-off, during his side's 24-20 win over the champions on Friday and submitted an early-guilty plea.

Green will be available for the Robins' Easter Monday home game against Huddersfield while centre Darrell Goulding will be eligible to play in both Easter fixtures after submitting an early guilty plea to a minor grade A trip on Saints centre Jordan Turner.

Ryan Kendell: I only played 40 minutes but I'll take the headlines

FA Trophy winner's, North Ferriby United's two goal striker Ryan Kendell says he is happy to take the headlines, despite only playing forty minutes of their Wembley final.

The striker scored to take the final to extra time and then again to put the Conference North side into the lead for the first time, before putting away his penalty in the decisive shoot-out:

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